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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Miss S Clatworthy, BEd(Hons)

Introduction to the department

The PE department at DHSG is well resourced to deliver high quality Physical Education, Sport and Dance to our students by four experienced PE and one Dance teacher.  In addition to the following excellent facilities on site, four Netball/Tennis Courts, Gym, 200m  Grass Field,  Fitness Suite and Hall we are extremely fortunate to have access to The Plymouth Life Centre, The Goals Centre and Central Park all within walking distance of the school.  As a department we are passionate about meeting the needs of the individual students through a variety of different activities and approaches. We have many students who are elite athletes and sportswomen and we manage their training commitments carefully with their academic studies.

All students at DHSG rotate through a broad and balance curriculum that inspire our students to experience success in challenging physical activities and competitive sports. We aim for our students to become competent performers in a broad range of activities and hopefully embed values such as fairness and respect. We are particularly committed to helping our students become physically confident to enable them to lead healthy, active lives. The aesthesis areas of Gym and Dance are very important to us a department.

Key stage 3  (Year 7 and 8)  

Pupils in Years 7 follow courses in Multi Skill, Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Athletics and Rounders in line with the National Curriculum. In addition, they are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. 

Pupils in Year 8 follow courses in Games, Dance, Gymnastics and Athletics.  In addition they are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities which can be selected from a wide programme of team activities and clubs. 

Pupil progress is assessed across all activities in the five key processes of Physical Education: developing skills in physical activity; making and applying decisions; developing physical and mental capacity; evaluating and improving; making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles.

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) 

Core PE

All year 9 students continue to rotate through a balanced curriculum that inspire our students to experience success in challenging physical activities and competitive sports. We aim for our students to become competent performers in a broad range of activities and hopefully embed values such as fairness and respect. We are particularly committed to helping our students become physically confident to enable them to make choices which allow them to lead healthy, active lives.  The students are taught in five groups and rotate around the following activities, Trampolining, Dance, OAA, Invasion Games and Badminton and then in the summer term all students take part in Tennis, Athletics, Cricket and Rounders.

When our students progress into Y10, they opt into a ‘pathway’ from choices of ‘Competitive Team Performance’ (Games), ‘Competitive Individual Performance’ (Leisure) or ‘Participation and Healthy Lifestyles’ (Combined), and both Sport and Dance leadership. The activities the students experience are reflective of the pathway they have chosen, and they follow this pathway for the entire year in both their core PE lessons.  In Year 11 we have five options for the students to select from and they change each half term, these include; Dance, Trampolining, Swimming, Badminton, Multi Sports, Dodgeball and Fitness.

AQA full course G.C.S.E. in Physical Education. 

GCSE PE is split into theory and practical lessons. During the three year syllabus, students will cover at least six different physical activities within lessons, these with include; Netball, Badminton, Trampolining, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Kayaking and Athletics.  These lessons will be taught in line with GCSE criteria and individual marks from the top three activities will be put forward for assessment for each student.   Each student will need to put forward one individual and one team sport and their third mark will come from their next highest mark, either individual or team.  Students will need to be doing at least one sport or activity outside of school, to a significant level; ie playing for a club.

GCSE specifications in physical education should equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being.  This will require them to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
  • perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
  • understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Physical Education Specification

Extra-curricular activities 

With the support of many teaching staff and outside sporting bodies we are incredibly proud of our achievements at Local, Regional and National level.  We are members of the Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership and through that enter all the central venue competitions.

There are many opportunities to participate in sport outside of lessons, these include clubs in:

Basketball, indoor rowing, dance, fitness, netball, hockey, rounders, cycling, rocketball, tennis, badminton, swimming, football, cricket and futsal depending on season.

In addition the school puts together an annual Dance Show and two day Sports Day extravaganza.